The holidays will be here before we know it and it can be tricky to find the best gifts for older parents. So we’ve put together a list of our favorite choices that make great gifts for the ones you love, at any time of year.
A Monthly Subscription Box
This is the perfect gift for someone who has everything. These days you can find a subscription box that caters to every taste and interest. For example, if your parents are coffee lovers, you can sign them up for a Coffee of The Month Club, so they can receive different coffees from around the world each month, or if they enjoy crafting, you could get them an Adults & Crafts Crate. There are many different subscription boxes to choose from including flowers, tea, candy, underwear, jewelry, and cocktails.
A Robo Vacuum
Let’s face it, no one actually enjoys vacuuming. With a robot vac, your parents never need to do their own vacuuming again. The BoostIQ RoboVac 30C operates with Wi-Fi and is self-charging. It also comes with boundary strips so you can allocate a certain area. The RoboVac can handle all floor types including laminate, carpet, tile, and hardwood.
Crafting is more than just fun. It can be one the best gifts for older adults. Crafts are great for those who are retired and looking for something enjoyable to do in their spare time and on top of that, keeping your parents’ minds at work can help them stay healthier longer as they age. We have a whole separate list of some of the best crafting ideas for older adults right here.
A Pillow Massager
There’s nothing quite like a pillow massager to soothe aching muscles. The Zyllion Shiatsu Massager can melt away discomfort with its deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes. It can be used on the calves, neck, upper and lower back areas, and abdomen. It has an adjustable strap so it can be attached to a comfortable chair. It’s great for easing muscle tension and has a built-in overheat protection device and a 20-minute auto-shutoff feature.
A Kindle Reader
If you have parents who love to read, a Kinder reader is a great and affordable gift. You can store thousands of books on one slim, portable device. Many books are free, and the new Kindle Fire editions also have movies, TV, games, and magazines. You can also subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and download ten free books at a time.
An Online Class
Perhaps your parents are looking for a new hobby or they are interested in learning something new. Why not sign them up for a Masterclass? There are hundreds to choose from in a wide range of interests, including Storytelling Through Portraits, Restaurant Cooking At Home with Gordon Ramsey, and Chess with Gary Kasparov.
A Heated Mattress Pad
Insomnia can be an ongoing problem for older people. A heated mattress pad can help them get a restful night’s sleep every night. The Sunbeam has ten heat settings so that aches and pains will melt away and your parents will feel warm and relaxed as they fall asleep.
A Spectacle Holder
Is your mom or dad always asking, “where are my glasses?” If so, the Songbird Glasses Holder is a delightful and practical gift. Hand-carved in India, the Songbird will put an end to blurry-eyed searches for spectacles.
Your parents will never lose their keys again with the Tile Mate. This Bluetooth tracker can be attached to a keychain. You can use the Tile smartphone app or your Smart home device to locate it for you. You can also attach the tile to a phone, bag, or any object you need to keep track of.
Keeping track of medications and remembering when to take them can be quite a challenge for some older people. The Med-Q digital pillbox can be programmed to alert your loved one when it’s time to take their pills and which ones to take. It has large, easy-to-open compartments and a low battery indicator. It might not be the snazziest of gifts, but sometimes the most helpful gifts are the best gifts for older parents.
Sleep Sound Machine
After all these years, the best gift that you can give to your parents is rest. A sleep sound machine is a great gift for people who have trouble nodding off at night. There are several models to choose from. Some models play white noise, while others have a variety of sounds and volume levels. All are designed to help people fall asleep faster.
Light Therapy Lamp
Long, dark winter days are enough to dampen anyone’s mood. But a light therapy lamp – one that uses natural light – can brighten your loved one’s day. Light therapy lamps can be especially helpful for seniors whose mobility is challenged and who have difficulty getting outdoors.
Many older people like to know what the weather is going to be like before venturing outside. So a weather monitor that can keep your loved one provided with up-to-the-minute weather reports will be appreciated. Most weather monitors have an outdoor sensor that wirelessly transmits the weather to an indoor station with an easy-to-read display. For the mom or dad who has everything, this is one of the best gifts for a parent that you could find.
Digital Photo Frame
Setting up a digital photo frame in your parent’s house is a great way to keep them up to date with family pictures. You can upload pictures directly from your smartphone to the photo frame. You can set up an album without your loved ones having to do a thing. Some models have a built-in motion sensor so that they will turn on the frame when someone enters the room.
Foot Massage Slippers
Byriver acupressure foot massager slippers are for men and women. They feature 39 massage buttons on the insoles that connect with specific pressure points. They can be worn for 10-20 minutes at a time to relieve lower back pain, foot pain, and arthritis pain.
Grilled Cheese Toaster
Want something on the amusing side? A grilled cheese sandwich is the real taste of childhood nostalgia. A grilled cheese toaster simplifies making your parent’s favorite sandwich with no fuss and no mess. The toaster has a double basket and is easy to clean. It might not be what you were thinking, but it’s a time tested gift that makes a great gift for older parents.
The New York Times Anniversary Book is a 12″ x 15″ hardcover book that makes a great keepsake. Pick a date to commemorate, such as a birthday or anniversary. For example, if you pick December 22, 1967, your book will include the front page of the New York Times for that day and every December 22nd thereafter, to the present day. It’s a great gift for older parents.
Personalized Cutting Board
Many parents have a special recipe that has been passed down for generations. Instead of writing it on a recipe card, you could have it engraved onto a cutting board. It makes a great family heirloom and an interesting piece of kitchen décor. What a fun idea!
Kitchen Herb Garden Kit
If your parents are fond of cooking and gardening, this kit comes with everything they need to grow a mini kitchen herb garden and easily makes our list of the best gifts for older parents. The kit contains seeds to grow nine different herbs including basil, chives, thyme, mustard, sage, oregano, parsley, and dill. It also contains mini terracotta pots, soil, and name tags.
If your parents have been trying to figure out a way to pass on their memories to younger generations, this memoir starter is a great way to go. Fifty-Two Snapshots: A Memoir Starter Kit by Sonja Livingston is comprised of 52 writing prompts, one for each week of a year. It includes exercises to help the writer recall memories and write personal of their past experiences which makes for a unique and exciting gift for older parents.
Wrapping Up The Best Gifts for Older Parents
There are numerous gift ideas for older parents. The perfect gift does not always have to be practical, sometimes the most appreciated gifts are just for fun, such as a painting class, or a tea subscription box. When choosing a present, the best way to decide is to think of what would help them enjoy life a little more based on their interests and what they enjoy.